How to Become an Entrepreneur

With all the available resources for business startups, I’m still running into individuals that are unsure or don’t know how to become an entrepreneur. According to MW Dictionary, the simple definition of an entrepreneur is a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money. Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t as difficult as one thinks. I believe it’s easier to get your driver’s license, but with a lot more of a down payment to get started. As I’ve been told and reminded that starting a business is the easy part, sustaining is the hard part. Therefore, I wanted to share my “two cents” worth of knowledge with three simple guidelines.

To be clear, these (3) guidelines are to help you learn how to become an entrepreneur.  THIS ISN’T A TUTORIAL, or a checklist, and not a process of what comes first. I’m sharing because I love the freedom, independence and joy I get from being an entrepreneur. If you are looking into starting a business, follow the instructions from your secretary of state’s website. For example, the website for Washington state to start a business is this (click the link).

In order to become an entrepreneur, I believe the following:

  1. COLLEGE DEGREE ISN’T REQUIRED – there’s no education requirement to start a business. Many have started successful companies and not finished college. I’m not saying to be like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Just know formal education isn’t required. I recommend it, but it’s not required.
  2. HAVE A GREAT IDEA – there needs to be value in your contribution to the business marketplace. Therefore, have a great idea to bring to others. If you can fill a need, even better. You want to know that your product/service/idea can make money. The best way to find that out is to see if it will sell. If it does- you’re good to go!
  3. BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE – once you enter the world of small business of all sorts, don’t feel pressured to be someone your not. Be you. There’s no better person you can be but yourself. Plus, you possess a special and unique gift that only you can develop and share with others. Be great, because you’re awesome

BE More, DO More, and LIVE More!

I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA

Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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